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Thread: Prepping to Explore Dear Jane

  1. #11
    Senior Member katybob's Avatar
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    Sep 2010
    Tampa, Florida
    I usually cut a 2-1/2" strip when starting a paperpieced DJ block. Any leftovers from that strip except the tiniest pieces can almost always be used in another block.

  2. #12
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    Jul 2010
    Richmond, VA.
    I've been doing block of the week with each block the name of a book in the bible. We are up to block 29-Joel. It's very similar to a farmer's wife or dear Jane sampler quilt.

    My suggestion is to precut several of your blocks at home, take the pieces with you and do the sewing. Really after 29 blocks, there is no common size strip for the blocks. Each block finishes the same size, but the fabric cuts for each has been different.

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    Super Member klgls's Avatar
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    Feb 2012
    No advice - just good luck!

  4. #14
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    Quote Originally Posted by knabino View Post
    I am getting my stuff together to start a Dear Jane quilt. Originally started one years ago, then moved a number of times and can not locate what I started. Got a new book and the software, got a few FQs in my chosen colors (blues & yellows) and a few yards to get me started in my selected background color (various WoW).

    My question is - I plan on PP as many of the blocks as I can. If I were to cut my FQs into strips to make them more manageable (portable as I often am taking my sewing with me on weekends), what would be the best size strips to cut?

    Not posting in the Dear Jane BoM BoW thread as I am not participating in that group.
    I must admit I'm a little confused -- you say you are going to PP but you want your fabric to be portable. Won't you need your machine to PP? That isn't very portable. In any event, check the block tips in your software. I, too, am planning to make a DJ, but I'll be hand piecing and applique. I have just spent four evenings studying the software and there are some wonderful hints. For me right now I think the freezer paper method is going to work best for me, so I plan to print out the pattern on freezer paper, cut out the templates and then iron them onto the fabric. At this point they could either be machine or hand pieced. After I cut out the templates, I can take them with me to stitch where ever. Good luck with your quilt. Keep us posted.

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